I wanted to stress the importance of balance in life, whether you are a medical student like I am or working on your daily hustle. Social media has glamorized a certain lifestyle and focus through very specific and tailored content and I specifically promote myself in a way that shows I am a multi-faceted individual. I know that I don’t have a ton of followers because I post “normal” content. Content that may not be super focused but I know that I am having fun doing everything and eating everything! This week I was lucky enough to have a week long fall break after my first quarter of medical school which was literally the most wonderful time I spent for myself.
I was able to commit some more time to the things I love and share the aspects of my life I enjoy. Even if you are not sharing those aspects on social media (like I do); I think it is crucial to have them. Essentially I hope that everyone is eating healthy for your body and your soul (a little balance between healthy meals and some treats), sleeping well and exercising regularly on top of the chaos. My week of fall break luckily fell on the week of Halloween and I was even lucky enough to wear some cool costumes while doing my workouts. More on my Instagram (@alifeinair).
Examples of what I do to keep my life balanced is a daily workout (whether it is going on walks or a structured class such as aerial arts or pole); eating a variety of foods (yes sometimes I indulge in some junk foods) and interacting with friends and family. The best part about the friend interactions is that you can do it alongside the other two things! I love working out with friends through activities like rock climbing and eating with them too. Friends and family are there to keep you accountable and vice versa. I also have the need to fulfill my creative outlet which includes this blog, knitting and playing my flute. I do those sparingly but I definitely still cherish the moments I can express myself too.
Too often, people are not good to themselves and forget what is important to them in their lives and I just wanted to remind you that YOU are the most valuable to you. That’s why you have to take care of yourself by doing the things you enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I love learning about medicine and the way the body functions as well as the diseases that might occur but I think time away from it helps you focus better and feel refreshed. I struggle with the balance sometimes too on either spectrum. I think I have to have the discipline to get back to work or a nudge to get up and play especially since I have to be responsible for myself. Creating a schedule for that balance is one way to remind yourself in an organized way, or setting a timer to make sure you are focused.
I don’t know if this was helpful but I just wanted everyone to embrace your uniqueness and enjoy your life to the fullest by being happy and healthy. As always, thank you for reading!